Combine tools and commands to edit glass and then make it the star of the show in an imaginative photocomposition
Create a new document (Cmd/Ctrl+N) at 230x180mm and place a background. Then add some grass and place it above. Press the Add Layer Mask button, set the Foreground colour to black, pick the Brush Tool (B) and erase the unnecessary parts, just like the image above.
Add some leaves and place it on the top of the layer stack. To blend the image with the scene, press the Add Layer Mask button, pick the Gradient Tool (G), go to the Gradient Picker, choose the option Foreground to Transparent with 40% Opacity, and gently erase the bottom of the photo.
Add a glass bottle and place it as above. Make a mask (step 1) and gently erase the central part. Then, activate the bottle layer selection (Cmd/Ctrl-click the layer thumbnail), apply a Feather (Shift+F6) set to 2px, invert the selection (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+I) and press delete four times.
To adjust the colour tone of the bottle, set up a Colour Balance adjustment layer, hold Cmd/Ctrl+Alt/Opt and click on the bottle layer. Set it to -43, 0, +2. After that, repeat the procedure by linking Brightness/Contrast (4, 18) and Levels (0, 1.00, 162) adjustment layers.
Create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N), activate the bottle’s layer selection (Cmd/Ctrl-click on the layer thumbnail), create a layer group (Cmd/Ctrl+G) and press the Add Layer Mask button. Pick the Brush Tool (B), set black as your colour, change the blend mode to Soft Light and make shadows on the bottom of the bottle.
Create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N), place it below the bottle’s layers, change the blend mode to Multiply, set the Color Picker to black, pick the Brush Tool (B), go to the Brush Preset Picker and choose a Soft Round brush with 70% Opacity. Finally, make the bottle’s shadow like the image above.
Add a green background and place it behind the bottle and use the mask (step 1) to erase the unnecessary parts. Then, to enhance the details of the image, duplicate the layer (Cmd/Ctrl+J), use Unsharp Mask (Filter>Other>Unsharp Mask) set to 2px and change the blend mode to Soft Light.
Let’s continue to embellish inside the bottle. To blend the images in an organised way, always remember to create layer groups with a mask (step 5). Add a couple of field images. Use a mask (step 1) to blend as shown in the image above.
Now, let’s put the woman into the bottle. Add her and place below the bottle layers. Then, make a mask (step 1) to erase the unnecessary parts and to blend the photo with the scene. Finally, apply a 2px feather (step 3).
To enhance the shadows, use the darkest parts of the woman’s face, then use the Dodge Tool (O) and follow the same procedure for the highlights. Finally, link Levels (12, 1.00, 234) and Brightness/Contrast (5, 14) adjustment layers (step 4).
Add some smoke, place it above the woman’s layer and change the blend mode to Screen. Create a new layer, use a Soft Round brush (B), set white as your colour and make the woman’s breath mark. Change the blend mode to Soft Light. Finally, add some birds.
Create a layer group with a mask in the shape of the bottle (step 5), place it above the bottle layers and add inside a stock image of a glass reflection. Then, change the blend mode to Screen and link a Levels adjustment layer (step 4) set to 51, 1.00, 255.
Now add two more elements to compose the background. Add a pink flower and to give more depth to the scene, use the Gaussian Blur (Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur) set to 7px. Then add a branch, repeat the procedure and place it as above.
Add a vine and place them above the bottle. To make the vines look like they are growing around the bottle, adjust the shape using the Warp Tool (Edit>Transform>Warp). Finally, make a mask (step 1) and erase the unnecessary parts.
Add another element to give more depth to the scene – some leaves – and place in the front of the bottle. Then use the Gaussian Blur (step 13) set to 75px. Finally, duplicate it (Cmd/Ctrl+J), flip it horizontally (Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal) and place it on the other side of the scene.
Pick a Soft Round brush (B), set the colour to white, change the blend mode to Soft Light and use it to create sunlight. Add a butterfly place it next to the bottle, then duplicate and position as though it’s flying. Use the Gaussian Blur set to 8px.
Create a new layer (Cmd/ Ctrl+Shift+N) and place it above all the other layers. Fill it with black (Alt+Del) and go to the Lens Flare filter (Filter>Render>Lens Flare). Set Lens Type to 50-300mm zoom. Finally, change the blend mode to Screen and then place it near the bottle.
Let’s add an enhanced glass effect to the bottle. Duplicate all the layers (Cmd/Ctrl+J), merge it (Cmd/Ctrl+E) and use the Glass Filter (Filter>Filter Gallery>Distort>Glass) with Distortion: 11 and Smoothness: 14. Finally, make a mask (step 1) and erase everything around the bottle, leaving the glass effect just in the centre.
Now let’s use the adjustment layers to set the colour tone of the scene. First use Color Lookup (3Strip.Look), then Brightness/Contrast (0, 20), Levels (28, 1.00, 255) and the Photo Filter (Warming filter, Density: 25%).